Breonna Taylor was a 26-year old E.M.T. with dreams to become a registered nurse and continue helping other people. She was kind and helpful and loving. She committed no crime.
On March 13, 2020, just after midnight, she and her boyfriend were already in bed, when they heard a loud banging at the door and someone trying to break into their apartment. Freaked out about intruders in the middle of the night kicking in the door and not having any idea that the intruders were police officers, Breonna's boyfriend fired a gun. The intruders returned fire and more than 20 bullets were fired into the apartment and Breonna was struck several times. Breonna was not given any medical help while she was coughing and struggling to breathe before succumbing to her injuries in her hallway.
What had happened was a late-night drug raid using a no-knock warrant. However, the police officers had not only entered the wrong house recklessly but also the person they were investigating had been already detained.
So far the police officers involved in the case have been put on administrative leave or have their employment terminated but have not been charged with a crime. The incident report issued by the Police lists Breonna Taylor as a victim failing to list any of her injuries although she was shot at least eight times.
We ask for:
- Breonna Taylor's death to be investigated properly and accurate incident file to be compiled;
- Charges to be filed against the police officers involved in her death;
- Banning "no-knock" warrants in all the states;
- Requiring officers in all the states to have operating body cameras, activated at least five minutes before executing a warrant, and left on for at least the same amount of time afterwards, retaining all recorded data for five years; and
- Payment to Breonna's family for her wrongful death.
We cannot bring Breonna back. Let us get justice for her.
We can help to make her death count and mean something. She wanted to save lives. If our demands are met and can prevent deaths of other innocent people in the future, we have helped Breonna.